Armenian Student Donates Bone Marrow Transplant to Italian Child

ARMENIAN STUDENT DONATES BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT TO ITALIAN CHILD

YEREVAN, JULY 15, ARMENPRESS: A five-year Italian child with
leukemia was saved after her genetic make up matched with that of a 22
year old Armenian student, Vahe Vardanian, who donated a bone marrow
transplant to the child.The operation was performed on July 6 in
Italy, but the experts say the result will be evident only in a year.
Vahe joined the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry last year Its
mission is to save precious Armenian lives by creating a bone marrow
donor registry which, with the volunteer recruitment of Armenian
donors worldwide, will increase the pool of existing international
donors and thus give a chance of survival to patients with leukemia or
other blood related diseases. Although Armenians are considered
Caucasian, their unique genetic make up makes it very hard for them to
find matches for transplantation.
Vahe was selected after the Italian bone marrow registry asked
their Armenian counterparts to find a suitable match. The registry has
now 8,000 members.

Armenian PM Meets With Moscow Mayor

ARMENIAN PM MEETS WITH MOSCOW MAYOR

YEREVAN, JULY 15, ARMENPRESS: Before wrapping up an official
visitto Moscow, Armenian prime minister Andranik Margarian met today
with Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov, who said that the trade between the
two countries was not satisfactory, despite some progress in that
area. The Russian mayor briefedthe Armenian prime minister on Moscow
government plans concerning Armenia, which he said would mark a
significant progress if implemented.
Luzhkov, particulalry, expounded about construction of Yerevan
Trade Center in Moscow, which is set to be built by Armenian companies
and is expected to be over in 2005. His other proposal was about
building a center for wholesale of Armenia-made products. Luzhkov also
proposed that a joint commission, made of Armenian government and
Moscow officials be formed to promote mutually beneficial ideas. The
Moscow mayor also promised to assist Armenia to secure reasonable and
fixed fee for hiring a pavilion at all-Russian exhibition center.
Armenian prime minister asked Luzhkov to consider the issue of
providing quotas for Armenian builders in Moscow so that they face no
problems when working there.

Patriarch Mutafian Speaks in Favor of Turkey’s Membership to EU

ARMENIAN PATRIARCH OF TURKEY SPEAKS IN FAVOR OF TURKEY’S MEMBERSHIP TO EU

ISTANBUL, JULY 15, ARMENPRESS: The Armenian Patriarch of Turkey,
Archbishop Mesrop Mutafian, met recently with the senior consul of the
French consulate in Istanbul, Jean Christopher Possel, who was eager
to learn Mutafian’s views concerning Turkey’s drive towards EU
membership.
Mutafian said it would not be correct to look at the entire
Armenian community of Turkey as a homogeneous body. “Those French
Armenians who resist Turkish EU membership represent only part of
Armenians. Along with Diaspora Armenians who advocate against Turkey’s
accession to EU there are also Armenians who realize the benefits that
can come for Turkish-Armenian relations together with Turkey’s
membership and therefore they support that process,” he said.
Mutafian said he too, as the Armenian Patriarch, speaks often in
favor of Turkey’s membership. “In the event of meeting all
requirements of becoming an EU member country, the membership will
have a very positive effect on the state of Turkish citizens, national
minorities, in terms of improving Armenian-Armenian relations and
securing regional stability,” he said.

Chess players poised for a strategic move

Pasadena Star News
Article Published: Wednesday, July 14, 2004 – 10:10:37 PM PST

Chess players poised for a strategic move

By Naush Boghossian , Staff Writer

GLENDALE — Chess enthusiasts are getting ready to move from their normal
haunts in local cafes to the city’s new $540,000 chess park, which opens
Saturday evening.
More than three years in the making, the free park offers 16 boards amid
towering chess piece sculpted in a converted passageway along Brand
Boulevard.

“We’re definitely excited because there are a lot of kids who like to play
at their leisure and don’t have a permanent place to play,’ said Harout
Akopyan, 23, a coach for the All American Association Chess Club, which runs
chess schools for youngsters in Glendale, Reseda and Hollywood. “This park
is good for everybody.’

Glendale is something of a chess hub, since the game is very popular among
Armenians, who make up more than 70,000 of Glendale’s 200,000 residents.

In Armenia, people begin playing chess when they’re young, and the schools
there encourage competitions from a very young age. Akopyan’s club, which
serves about 150 children, continuously produces national champion chess
players.

Akopyan has 13 national championship titles himself.

The concept for a park came from local chess clubs, who encouraged the City
Council to maximize the potential of the little-used passageway.

“We’ve taken a piece of property that was underutilized and created an urban
park that is not only aesthetically attractive but serves the community,’
senior project manager Emil Tatevosian said. “We’ve realized that we have a
large chess community in the city, and this is a good venue for all of them
to come together.’

The new park is divided into zones, each accented with a chess piece King,
Queen, Bishop and Rook and has tables with inlaid game boards and benches.

And chess-themed light towers also will allow for nighttime games.

“There is potential to create a hub of activity there with the Alex Theater
and Brand Books, which is open until midnight,’ Tatevosian said.

The concept of having an area for chess players to gather and play is very
popular in other countries, said president of the L.A. Chess Club Mick
Bighamian.

But in Southern California where the only other chess park is in Santa
Monica players tend to gather at coffee shops, where the unwritten rule is
you have to spend money to be able to stay and play.

“I think this is a great movement as far as keeping the youngsters and
senior citizens to have something leisurely to do at no cost to them,’
Bighamian said. “And the park helps the promotion of chess to get the image
it truly deserves as a fun and challenging game.’

Naush Boghossian can be reached at (818) 546-3306 or by e-mail at
[email protected] .

Soundtrack Has Developed In Iran: Musician

Soundtrack Has Developed In Iran: Musician

15 July 2004
Tehran Times Art Desk

TEHRAN (MNA) — Prominent musician Loris Tjeknavorian is convinced
that soundtrack in Iran has been developed in recent years.

Participant at the Christian Film Week underway at Film Museum of Iran
in Tehran, Tjeknavorian said there was less facilities in the past to
combine cinema with music and that the musicians could not make use of
many musical instruments.

`Iranian and eastern music enjoy high potentials which I love the
most,’ he further noted. Tjeknavorian who is an Iranian-Armenian
musician continued that Iranian people had served Armenians, `I made
the symphony `Rustam and Sohrab’ to appreciate the Iranian nation.’

Other participant Shahin Farhat also stated that in the 50th decade
soundtrack was melody rather than soundtrack, but later in the 60th,
it turned into professional soundtrack in Iran, and `Struggle in
Moonlightâ=80=9D was the first Iranian film made with professional
soundtrack.

Musician Farhat is convinced that Majid Vafadar and Mahdi Khaledi are
the first musicians who played a major role in Iranian soundtrack.

Christian Film Week entitled `Christians in Iranian Cinema’opened
Saturday evening at the Film Museum of Iran in Tehran. Intent on
commemorating Christian contribution to Iranian cinema, organizers
have allocated nights to Christians working in the fields of music,
Iranian arts as well as those who are engaged in short film cinema and
performance during the week-long event.

Armenian-Russian Intergovernmental Negotiations Launch in Moscow

ARMENIAN-RUSSIAN INTERGOVERNMENTAL NEGOTIATIONS LAUNCH IN MOSCOW

ArCNews

MOSCOW, 15.07.04. The delegation led by Andranik Margarian, RA Prime
Minister, is in Moscow by the invitation of Mikhail Fradkov, RF Prime
Minister. Andranik Margarian and Mikhail Fradkov met July 13. The
members of the Armenian delegation and RF government were also present
at the meeting. Mikhail Fradkov stated that the current year is full
of events, high level visits from the viewpoint of bilateral
agreement. Fradkov emphasized that the dialogue between the two
countries is developing in all the directions. He spoke with
satisfaction about the trade turnover that keeps growing, taking into
account the current potential and the possibilities, he expressed hope
that the visit of RA Prime Minister will also contribute to the growth
of cooperation.

The Prime Ministers discussed issues related to the process of
complying with the commitments undertaken by `Equity for Debt`
agreement. RA Prime Minister emphasized that the Armenian party is
interested in the renovation and re-equipment of the Armenian firms
handed to Russia. Fradkov also stated that the Russian side is
interested in that and they are ready for long-term cooperation. At
the same time he said that it is envisaged to appoint RF Transport
Minister Igor Lebedin the head of the Armenian-Russian
intergovernmental commission. Fradkov expressed hope that it will be
possible to hold the sitting of the commission by the end of the year.

The Prime Ministers signed an agreement referring to the educational
sphere. After the meeting the Prime Ministers spoke in a press
conference.

By Marieta Makarian
AZG Armenian Daily
2004-07-15 17:21:00

Blessing Foundations of W. Prelacy St. Dertad and St. Ashkhen Chapel

Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian
Prelate Western Prelacy
6252 Honolulu Avenue, Suite # 100
La Crescenta, CA 91214
Tel: 818-248-7737
Fax: 818-248-7745
E-Mail: [email protected]

BLESSING OF THE FOUNDATIONS OF WESTERN PRELACY’S ST. DERTAD AND
ST. ASHKHEN CHAPEL

The Western Prelacy marked an important milestone on Sunday, July 11,
2004, by the blessing of the foundations of the Prelacy chapel that
signaled the beginning of the construction of the chapel and the
renovation of the Prelacy building.

Many faithful had gathered at the Prelacy in La Crescenta to
participate in the ceremony and witness this important event.

The ceremony was conducted by His Eminence Archbishop Moushegh
Mardirossian, the Prelate, accompanied by the Clergy of the Prelacy,
and in the presence of the Prelacy benefactors, sponsors of the
Chapel, the Altar, the baptismal font, the 16 pillars and various
parts of the Prelacy. Present were the representatives of the Central
Executives of the Holy See of the Catholicosate of the Great House of
Cilicia, the Executive Council of the Prelacy, as well as the
representatives of the Prelacy Committees and Parishes, and a
congregation of supporters.

As the prayers and scripture readings proceeded, His Eminence the
Prelate conducted the washing of the Vemkar (the foundation stone) of
the Alter andthe 16 pillars of the chapel with wine and water. The
stones were engraved with Crosses. The 16 pillars are dedicated to the
Disciples of Christ, the Evangelists and St. Gregory the Illuminator,
the founder of the Armenian Church.

Later on, he anointed each stone with Holy Oil -Muron_ and handed them
to the godfathers to be placed at the foundations of the chapel.

After the ceremony, the Prelate delivered a message to express his
contentment for the achievement of this important milestone with the
grace of God. He also declared that the new chapel would be named
after the first Christian king and queen of Armenia, St. Dertad and
St. Ashkhen. He reminded the faithful that His Holiness Aram I
Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia had declared the year 2004 as
the Year of the Armenian Family, therefore it wasmost appropriate to
name the chapel after the first Christian family of our nation.

On this joyous occasion, the Prelate once more thanked all sponsors
and the benefactors of the Prelacy, and specially the Bedrosian, the
Carolan and the Pilavjian families, who had provided both moral and
financial support not only to the project of the Prelacy Building, but
to the Prelacy as a wholein order to carry on its mission of serving
our mother church and the Armenian Community at large.

U.N. Ranking Highlights Africa AIDS

U.N. Ranking Highlights Africa AIDS

Thu Jul 15, 2:42 PM ET

By PAUL AMES, Associated Press Writer
BRUSSELS, Belgium – The U.N.’s annual ranking of the global rich and poor
Thursday showed that AIDS (news – web sites) was pushing African nations
further into misery while the most the world crept toward higher
development.

Of the 177 nations included in the U.N. Development Index, African nations
occupied all but three of the last 30 places. After decades of edging
forward in step with other regions, 13 African nations have seen their
development rating decline since 1990.
“The picture that emerges is increasingly one of two very different groups
of countries: those that have benefited from development and those that have
been left behind,” the report said.
Last on the list for the seventh straight year was Sierra Leone, which is
still struggling to recover from years of civil war. Just above it were the
West African neighbors – Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali.
According to the report, which is based on 2002 data, a citizen of Sierra
Leone can expect to live to just over 34 years. At the other end of the
ranking, Japanese have an average life expectancy of 81, Swedes 80.
For the fourth year running, Norway topped the overall ranking – which takes
in life expectancy, income and educational attainment. It was followed by
Sweden and Australia.
Of the top 20 nations, only Australia at third, Japan at ninth and New
Zealand at 18th were outside Europe or North America. The United States was
ranked eighth, a fall of one place from last year.
The world’s newest nation, East Timor (news – web sites), was included for
the first time and ranked at 158, the lowest outside Africa. The other
lowest non-African nations were Haiti at 153 and Yemen at 149.
Israel was the highest-ranked Middle Eastern nation at 22, followed by
Bahrain at 40. The Palestinian Territories were ranked 102.
About 30 nations were not included because of insufficient data, including
Afghanistan (news – web sites), Iraq (news – web sites) and Liberia (news –
web sites).
Just two mainland African nations made the top 100 – Libya at 58 and Tunisia
at 92.
The biggest increase from the 2003 list was recorded by Albania, which has
been recovering from an economic crisis in the late 1990s. A 30-place surge
to 65th position hoisted Albania almost 50 places ahead of Europe’s poorest
nation – Moldova which languished in 113th position.
Also upwardly mobile were Armenia, up 18 places to 82, and St. Kitts and
Nevis, one of the world’s smallest countries which climbed 12 spots to 39.
Other former British territories in the Caribbean fared less well. Belize
suffered the biggest drop, 32 places to 99, followed by Dominica which
slipped to 95th place, down 27.
The report found that nearly 1 billion people face some form of
discrimination, and the United Nations (news – web sites) appealed for
governments to do more to respect minority rights.
“Some 900 million people, about one in seven of the world’s population,
belong to groups that believe themselves to be discriminated against or
disadvantaged,” said Mark Malloch Brown, administrator of the U.N.
Development Program.
Basing its data on research by the University of Maryland, the United
Nations pointed to more than 200 groups “that face political disadvantage or
discrimination based on ethnic, linguistic or religious identities.”

It said 130 million faced direct discrimination as a result of public
policy. “The rest are discriminated against because of social customs in the
country or the lingering effects of historic discrimination,” the report
added.
In data released Wednesday, the United Nations blamed AIDS for pushing down
African development levels. “AIDS is reversing the hard-won gains of recent
decades,” Elizabeth Lwanga, deputy director of the UNDP’s Africa office,
said at the international AIDS conference in Bangkok, Thailand.
Malloch Brown said AIDS was not the only factor holding Africa back. He
called for Europe and North America to open their markets to African
agricultural exports and said richer nations should invest more in health,
education and transport networks in Africa.

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1. Armenian Patriarch of Turkey Speaks in Favor of Turkey EU Membership
2. Western Prelacy Blesses Saints Dertad And Ashkhen Chapel Cornerstone
3. Russia, Georgia, South Ossetia Sign Accord to End Separatist Conflict
4. NEWS BRIEFS

1. Armenian Patriarch of Turkey Speaks in Favor of Turkey EU Membership

ISTANBUL (ARMENPRESS)–The Armenian Patriarch of Turkey, Archbishop Mesrob
Mutafian, met recently with the France’s Consul General in Istanbul,
Jean-Christophe Peaucelle, who was eager to learn about the religious leader’s
views on Turkey’s accession to the European Union (EU). To date, France has
resisted Turkey’s efforts to gain EU membership.
Archbishop Mutafian told Peaucelle that it would incorrect to view the
international community of Armenians as a homogeneous body. “French Armenians
who resist Turkish EU membership represent only one part of the Armenian
community. Along with Diaspora Armenians who advocate against Turkey’s
accession to EU, there are also Armenians who support the process because they
realize the benefits Turkey’s membership can have on Turkish-Armenian
relations,” he said.
Mutafian said that he too, as the Armenian Patriarch, often speaks in
favor of
Turkey’s drive, and believes that its membership will have a “very positive”
effect on a number of issues, including Turkish-Armenian relations, regional
stability, and the condition of Turkey’s national minorities.

2. Western Prelacy Blesses Saints Dertad And Ashkhen Chapel Cornerstone

LA CRESCENTA–The Western Prelacy marked an important milestone on Sunday,
July
11, with the blessing of the Prelacy chapel cornerstone, which signaled the
beginning of the chapel’s construction, and the renovation of the Prelacy
building.
Many faithful gathered at the Prelacy in La Crescenta to witness the historic
event and to partake in the ceremony which was conducted by Prelate Archbishop
Moushegh Mardirossian, and Prelacy clergy.
Prelacy benefactors were on hand, along with those who have sponsored the
Chapel, Altar, baptismal font, the 16 pillars and various parts of the
Prelacy.

Also present were representatives of the Catholicosate of the Great House of
Cilicia, Prelacy Executive Council, Prelacy committees and parishes, and a
congregation of supporters.
As the reading of prayers and scripture proceeded, His Eminence the Prelate
conducted the washing of the cornerstones of the Alter and the 16 pillars of
the chapel with wine and water. The 16 pillars symbolize Christ’s Disciples,
the Evangelists, and the founder of the Armenian Church, St. Gregory the
Illuminator.
The Prelate then anointed each stone with Holy Oil and handed them to the
godfathers to be placed at the foundations of the chapel.
After the ceremony, the Prelate expressed his contentment for the achievement
of the significant milestone, accomplished with the grace of God, and informed
the faithful that the new chapel would be named after the first Christian king
and queen of Armenia, St. Dertad and St. Ashkhen.
Recalling that the year 2004 has been declared the “Year of the Armenian
Family,” by Catholicos Aram I, the Prelate said it is “most appropriate to
name
the chapel after the first Christian family of our nation.”
Thanking all sponsors and Prelacy benefactors, the Prelate extended a special
appreciation to the Bedrosian, Carolan, and Pilavjian families, who have
provided both moral and financial support, not only to the Prelacy Building
project, but also to the Prelacy as a whole, enabling it to carry out its
mission to serve the mother church and the Armenian Community.

3. Russia, Georgia, South Ossetia Sign Accord to End Separatist Conflict

MOSCOW (AFP)–Russia, Georgia and its separatist region of South Ossetia
signed
an agreement aimed at ending the escalating conflict over the disputed
province.
The tiny mountainous region on Georgia’s border with Russia has seen a string
of clashes recently that have increased tensions between Tbilisi, South
Ossetia’s self-proclaimed government, and its protector Moscow.
“All sides signed the agreement,” Russian army deputy chief for peacekeeping
operations, Valery Evnevich told reporters in Moscow.
Georgian, South Ossetian, and Russian officials had met behind closed doors
for two days in Moscow as part of a joint commission working to defuse the
recent tensions over the disputed province.
“All sides reaffirmed their aim to strictly follow the principle of
peacefully
resolving the conflict and emphasized that using force and economic
pressure as
unacceptable,” Evnevich said.
But he also said the joint commission would continue to meet in South
Ossetia’s capital Tskhnivali until the conflict was completely resolved, a
hint
that tensions in the volatile region were unlikely to die down immediately.
Recent flareups have included armed South Ossetians detaining Georgian police
officers at gunpoint and Georgia seizing two Russian convoys, including one
with military equipment reportedly for Moscow’s peacekeepers stationed in the
region.
South Ossetia declared independence from Georgia after fighting a civil war
against Tbilisi with Russian support in the early 1990s, following the fall of
the Soviet Union.
Today, the province is effectively a Russian protectorate, with most
residents
holding Russian passports, using rubles and relying on Moscow to keep Tbilisi
at bay. Peacekeepers from Russia, Georgia and South Ossetia patrol separate
parts of the province.

But tensions in the region have risen recently amid moves by Georgia’s new
president Mikhail Saakashvili, to make good on his January election pledge to
reunify his fractured former Soviet republic.
Russia, the traditional power broker in the Caucasus, has warily watched the
efforts of the pro-Western Saakashvili, who in May succeeded in ousting a
pro-Moscow leader in Georgia’s semi-autonomous region of Adjara.

4. NEWS BRIEFS

HALO Trust Continues Progress in Karabagh

STEPANAKERT (ARMENPRESS)This year, the HALO Trust has destroyed 240
antipersonnel landmines, 230 antitank mines and 718 items of unexploded
ordnance in Mountainous Karabagh. In a press relase on July 14, the
organization also announced that it has helped clear some 2,400 acres of land
in 2004 alone.
Nagorno Karabagh is one of the most mine-affected areas in the world and
accidents continue to plague the region. The per capita accident rate is
higher
in Karabagh than in more publicized countries like Afghanistan and
Cambodia. As
people are repatriated into uncharted, potentially mined territory, landmine
accidents continue to occur,” the press release noted. In the month of June
alone, HALO reported three accidents that injured four civilians.
HALO is a NGO that provides employment for 199 locals in Karabagh. At present
manning levels, the organization expects to clear the Karabagh’s mines in five
to seven years. For more information about HALO visit

Aliyev Reiterates His Position on Karabagh Conflict

YEREVAN (YERKIR)Speaking at the opening ceremony of a new plant in Baku on
Wednesday, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev reiterated his government’s
stance on the settlement of the Mountainous Karabagh conflict.
“The conflict can be resolved only by maintaining Azerbaijan’s territorial
integrity. Azerbaijan will not compromise its position on the settlement of
the
Mountainous Karabagh conflict. This is a fair position…” Aliyev said.
Aliyev also indicated that the government will be able to spend one-third of
its recently generated surplus on its army. “This is our priority and
Azerbaijan has a powerful army. The army has to be stronger and it will be,”
Aliyev added.

Saakashvili Calls on West to Put Pressure on Russia

LONDON (ARMENPRESS)At a news briefing in London on July 14 Georgian President
Mikhail Saakashvili called on western powers to place pressure on Russia, over
its policy on South Ossetia.
“I do believe that some elements in Moscow are carrying out aggressive plans;
and not just plans but they are carrying out aggressive actions. These are
people who have rid themselves of their imperial ambitions,” Reuters and AP
quoted Mikhail Saakashvili as saying.
Russia says that it can not remain “indifferent towards the fate of its
citizens, which comprise an absolute majority in South Ossetia.”

Armenian Student Provides Bone Marrow to Italian Child

YEREVAN (ARMENPRESS)A five-year Italian child with leukemia was saved after
her genetic makeup matched that of 22-year-old Armenian student, Vahe
Vardanian. The bone marrow transplant operation was performed on July 6 in
Italy. Experts say the results of the procedure will be evident in a year.
Last year, Vardanian was included in the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry,
which now has 8000 members. By increasing the pool of donors, registry
participants give blood-disease patients a greater chance of survival.

Armenian Minister, Indian Ambassador Discuss Cooperation

YEREVAN (ARMENPRESS)On July 14, Armenian Urban Minister Aram Harutunian met
with India’s Ambassador to Armenia Deepak Vohra to discuss, according to the
ministry press office, “cooperation prospects between the two countries.”
Both men stated that cooperation between the countries may involve such areas
as the construction of seismic-resistant buildings, the preservation of
historical towns and the organization of architectural exhibitions. The sides
also plan to share information about urban planning. The meeting indicated
that
India may serve as a donor country in a Council of Europe implemented project
aimed at the rehabilitation of architectural and historical sites in Armenia.
Vohra said he will brief the newly appointed Urban Minister of India about the
details of the meeting

Construction of Entertainment Center Stopped

YEREVAN (ARMENPRESS)Following public outcry, the construction of another
entertainment center in downtown Yerevan was halted. A municipal official said
the orders came from the president and mayor. Some trees in the area had,
however, been cut before government officials interfered. The construction
center, which was approved by former Yerevan mayor Robert Nazarian, was to be
built at the intersection of Isahakian and Teryan streets.

Government Releases Urgent Aid to Syunik

KAPAN (ARMENPRESS)The government has allocated 33 million drams in emergency
assistance to the southern province of Syunik, which was recently
devastated by
strong hailstorms and winds that destroyed tens of homes. The money was used
for building materials that will be distributed to the affected communities.

French-Armenian Relations Continue to Develop

YEREVAN (ARMENPRESS)”I am so happy to celebrate the national holiday of
France in the company of so many Armenian friends,” Henry Cuny, the French
Ambassador in Yerevan told journalists on June 14 when the embassy organized a
special ceremony to mark the holiday. In his remarks, the ambassador, who
spoke
about the excellent relations between the two countries, noted that France
will
declare the 2006-2007 year as the Year of Armeniaan arrangement that was
agreed
to by the presidents of the two countries. “Armenian-French relations today
encompass virtually all sectors and continue to develop based on a similar
approach,” Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian said. Oskanian also
thanked and commended France for helping Armenia integrate into the European
family.

Armenian-British Agreement on Cultural Center Signed

YEREVAN (ARMENPRESS)On Thursday, Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian
and
British ambassador to Yerevan Thorda Abbot-Watt signed an agreement concerning
the development of cultural centers. Under the agreement, the British Council
is officially recognized as the body that coordinates cultural ties between
Armenia and Great Britain. The agreement also stipulates that each party has
the right to establish cultural centers in their partners’ capital city.

Armenian Fencers to Compete in Tehran

YEREVAN (ARMENPRESS)On Thursday, a 4-member Armenian team of fencers left
Yerevan for Tehran. The athletes will compete in an international fencing
competition to be held from July 17-20.

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